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Grateful Dead Live at Coliseum - University of Alabama on 1977-05-17

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Grateful Dead Live at Coliseum - University of Alabama on 1977-05-17

Set 1

New Minglewood Blues
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
El Paso
They Love Each Other
Jack Straw
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
High Time
Big River
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain

Set 2

Samson And Delilah ->
Bertha ->
Good Lovin'
Brown Eyed Women
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Wharf Rat ->
Playing In The Band

Sugar Magnolia

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Coliseum - University of Alabama
Location Tuscaloosa, AL

Source SBD>MR 7" (Baked)>DAT>Cass>DAT>CD
Transferred by Brian Leopard


Seeded by Brian Leonard (
This is the best copy of this show in circulation to my knowledge. I recieved it on disc
and EAC'd it myself. Thanks to Andy Singer for hookin' me up with this one that had been
on my wishlist for years!!

Tuning pauses have been shortened in some cases
Very very slight hiss
Encore (Sugar Mags) is missing, so if you have a good one from '77...!


Reviewer: Burnt Rich - - January 12, 2013
Subject: Teabag69---"somebody correct me if I am wrong."
Okay. You are wrong about when Wolf was brought back. It was only in late December of 1977--the 29th, specifically, I believe. Wolf was "in the closet" for part of 75, all of 76, and the last few days of 1977. Then came Tiger. Wolf came out, again, in 1989---with MIDI capabilities. Spring Tour 1977 was 100% Travis Bean.
Reviewer: Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2012
Subject: Another winner, indeed!
This show is definately a keeper, and is among the reasons that I would not be surprised that a Spring '77 tour boxed set comes out some day.

There is nothing at all to complain about this show except for one complaint I have about the entire Spring '77 tour altogether, and that is the aluminum neck that is on Jerry's TB500 Travis sounds tinny to my ears, but he is playing to it and so that somewhat makes up for the tinny tone. I think the Spring '78 run, faults and all, *sounds* netter because Jerry is using Doug Irwin's Wolf guitar. It has a much warmer, richer tone to it.

But never mind me and my nit-picking...the Spring '77 tour can legitimately be called legendary.

5 stars, no questions asked.
Reviewer: P.M. Kramer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2012
Subject: may 77
gotta say
another winner
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2011
Subject: Another gift from '77
There's very little in this whole year that gets less than 5 stars and this show is no exception.

An early Jack-a-Roe with it's original funkier rhythm (I hate to admit it but I like the later, bluegrassy version better)and a gorgeous High Time in the first set.The second set run of Terrapin > Playing > Wharf Rat > Playing is fantastic. Check out this high energy Sugar Mag encore - Bobby just loses it.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2010
Subject: Not using the Wolf

Jerry didn't start playing the Wolf again until the Fall '77 tour. This is the TB500 Travis Bean. Check out this great website, tracking the history of the guitars Garcia used.
Reviewer: kingrandy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2010
Subject: Wow what a show!!!
This tour never ceases to amaze! This was Donna's best tour by far, i really enjoy her vocal lead-ins to the scarlet jams on this tour (Richmond 5/25 is my personal fave). I searched this show on and discovered the Jack-A-Roe is on Fallout from The Phil Zone. This tour and Europe '72 are my favourites. Of course with music, there is no right and wrong, but this show is All right to me!!!
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2010
Subject: donna proves a point
listen to "Passenger "

without her it would of been as powerful/soulful
Reviewer: TeaBag69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2010
Subject: Jerry Actually
was playing the Wolf again in '77 as his regular axe. My buddy was at the Bosyton show the night before Cornell and told me. Soemone correct me if I am wrong here but the Bean did not get much use after '76. Jerry was definitely using the Wolf at mnost of the '78 shows.

This is a great show, hot Scarlet>Fire, sweet first set High Time which was nice in any decade.
Reviewer: Li Zongren - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2009
Subject: Top Notch
i mean, all you really have to look at is the setlists to figure this one out. Any live show that has a Sunrise in it, is a damn good one since it was the only song that Donna sung correctly. But the second set blows me away, the terrapin blows me away every time i listen to it, and that Miss. half step is on fire!! Jerry had near perfect tone on his Travis Bean for this show, the notes seem to cut through the air. Kudos for this show, 5 stars without hesitation

oh, and an excellent Jack-A-Roe as well, worth a listen for sure
Reviewer: wrkster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2009
Subject: very good quality.........
All of these 77' shows sound great to me, and the quality on this one is very good, but could have better highs. 5 star show, 4 star recording. Cranking the treble to about 3:15 remedies the problem with the highs & turns a 4 star recording into a 5 star recording! Cranking the treble all the way creates a noticeable hiss, whereas at 3:15 the hiss disappears into the recording. You can still hear the hiss between songs or if you walk up to your speaker and listen out of your tweeter, but who cares, from a distance I don't hear any hiss except between songs and the quality is 5 stars! Awesome show too!
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